One of the best things about being a photographer is the ability to connect with old friends and capture some of the magic of extended family. I've known the DeGroot family for many years. Dan has been one of my best friends for years, and his beautiful wife Nancy made him even better. I've had the opportunity to watch Chelsea and Tony grow up, and had an opportunity to get to know Holly a lot better this summer when Dan, Gavin, Holly, and I spent time in San Diego last summer. Holly is recently out of the US Navy and arranged for some very cool tours of the Coronado base for us.
Dan and I spent many years together cruising boats around the Sacramento Delta and off the coast of California, so the Sacramento Yacht Club was a logical choice as a portrait location. What started out as somewhat of a hazy morning opened up to be a beautiful day. I am very honored to be chosen to photograph such a wonderful family, and even luckier to have them as friends.